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  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,881

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By Book Addict on 07-24-15

Amazing performance by Joan Walker

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Walker brings each character to life, my favorite thing about audible books. And the story itself is charming, funny and scary at moments. Backman brings to life the truth-telling power of fairy tales, how they can guide and heal us.

  • Leap of Perception

  • The Transforming Power of Your Attention
  • By: Penney Peirce
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

As our holistic view of the world grows and we become more aware of personal and collective energy, our level of perception is transforming from something singular - the physical form - to a greatly expanded awareness that includes intuition, past and present, right and left brain, and heart and body. As our perceptive ability evolves, we must unlearn and relearn the principles of how we live, create, and grow in order to be successful in the rapidly transforming reality of the Intuition Age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is terrible for this book...

  • By RSR on 05-11-14

Great information, yet narration detracts from it.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Where does Leap of Perception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Leap of Perception is in my "read in print" bucket. The information was hard to glean because of the odd narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator placed emphasis where it didn't belong, sounding super excited much of the time rather than emphasizing the important part of each sentence.

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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Narrator's tone is supercilious throughout

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd almost recommend it. There's something delightful about the alternate magical past of the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Know that there's lots of talk and very little action, including magic.

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator seems right for the story. However, the unrelenting ironic tone used throughout the narration gets a little old.

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,580

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

Narrator is tone deaf to the characters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

What disappointed you about Spin?

The narrator made the male protagonist sound macho, even as the story indicates he isn't. There's a Sam Spade flavor to the narration that doesn't fit the plotline.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was beginning to think the story was incredibly hackneyed when the ending introduced a good twist.